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Registrations in 3rd gender category go up in Pune

PUNE: For the first time within the district, as many as 139 voters have registered their names within the third gender class of the voters’ listing. The Parvati assembly constituency within the city has the perfect selection of voters in this class.

Much of the credit goes to the special consciousness force, which used to be launched by the state remaining 12 months on April 15 to make certain that all eligible transgender voters enrol as voters earlier than the elections.

Though the approximate third gender population in Maharashtra is pegged at greater than 10 lakh, most effective about 2,086 are registered as voters, said the officials of the Election Commission (EC) of India. The officials hope to strengthen the number within the coming days.

Bindumadhav Khire, a Pune-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) activist and president of the Sampathik Trust, said this is a certain development that the EC has inspired the third gender class. However, Khire said, within the earlier elections, while some voters had registered themselves within the third gender class, they have been eventually given voter ID cards with gender id of either male or female.

“We are but to establish the exact selection of third gender voters within the city and state. This factor needs to be addressed,’’ Khire said. He also felt that the migrant population is typically not counted.

The transgender welfare board, which used to be appointed in 2013, could have helped. But activists said while the welfare board used to be authorized, no person has been appointed to it previously six years.

“What is the point in approving a welfare board if there is no person to watch it?” requested Milin Baban Palaskar, activist and volunteer of a city-based crew running with the third gender neighborhood.

Palaskar said the group had labored broadly to unfold consciousness and had helped many transgender folks sign in as voters. “It is not a very easy. Many of them don't have the necessary bureaucracy. We need beef up from the management to make certain that those other folks get their paperwork registered beneath the third gender class as neatly,” he said.

Pune deputy election officer Monica Singh assured her workforce will organise extra consciousness programmes in all of the 21 assembly constituencies of the district. “We should be able to get extra registrations within the coming days as we will be able to be attaining out to extra NGOs within the field,’’ she said.

Public demands

During the Lokshahi Pandravadi voters’ dialogue programme at the Pune Municipal Corporation on Saturday, voters demanded voters’ registration drives at ward places of work, colleges, establishments and universities. “We want extra vote casting booths to sign in voters. Also, the political events’ manifestos should be listed publicly,’’ said Ravindra Sinha of the Aundh Baner Balewadi Pashan Vikas Manch. Members Vaishali Patkar and Ganesh Kalapure too post representations.

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